IEEE Internet Policy Newsletter - September 2016
What We Are Doing, Why We Are Doing It
By Oleg Logvinov
There was a remarkable moment at an IEEE Internet Initiative event earlier this year that I felt nicely articulated why we are doing what we are doing—and the passion and sense of urgency with which we are doing it.
To Change the Future, We’ll Team Up - Globally!
By Mei Lin Fung, People Centered Internet and Karen McCabe, IEEE
In April 2016, the IEEE and the World Bank held a standing room only, interactive event where stakeholders explored real-world solutions to extend affordable and meaningful Internet access in underdeveloped and underserved communities. This report provided the basis of dialog at the United Nations during the Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, on June 6, 2016, where participants anticipated challenges, identified promising opportunities, and discussed how to team up to advance the goal of connecting the unconnected in a meaningful manner to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Global Connect: Digital Ecosystem Architecture
By Susan Hyon Parker, Carnegie Mellon Open Learning
The digital ecosystem is driven by innovation, productivity and service expansion in both public and private sectors. This ecosystem covers various geographic areas, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. Increasing digital services to meet the needs of global access and adoption has been a viable challenge. On a macrocosmic scale, there is plausibility that technological changes can make societal impacts slower. This reduction in growth would be a decomposer and creates cultural barriers to entry that impedes public access to services. Furthermore, rural areas present different challenges and new ways of thinking to meet the demand for services in geographic locations for the unconnected and unbanked.
Connectivity Can’t Unlock the Internet’s Promise Without Human Rights
By Peter Micek (Access Now) and Carolina Rossini (VP at Public Knowledge)
We’re at a pivotal moment in the development of the Internet. Right now, government representatives, engineers, members of development agencies, civil society groups, and tech executives are gathering in forums across the world to achieve a single, monumental goal: bringing everyone online by 2020.
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